I was reading how all this happens. The human smugglers charge people thousands to cross to Europe and when the people see the ships they say, "No way! That ship is not safe! But the smugglers train guns on the people to make them fulfill their contracts which is why so many are dying. Most people would rather drown I guess than be shot in this kind of situation.
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The International Organization for Migration, citing what could be a record weekly death toll on the Mediterranean by its count, said Tuesday that 62 people …
Mediterranean Sea disasters swallow up more than 1,000 refugees
Published 2:16 pm, Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Photo: Associated Press
The staggering death toll foreshadows more disasters ahead in the next few months as the region gears up for its traditional summer-fall spike in human trafficking as the weather improves and the seas grow warmer. Aid officials said it also suggests that Libyan smuggling gangs are using even riskier tactics than before to profit from the torrent of those desperate to reach the safety or economic promise of Europe.
Two Eritreans — among the hundreds of shipwreck survivors brought to Italian ports — were haunted by the fact that so many women and children had been on their capsized boat and did not survive. They said they could still hear the cries of the children.
“I started to cry when I saw the situation and when I found the ship without an engine. There were many women and children,” said 21-year-old Filmon Selomon, who plunged into the sea to save himself. “Water was coming in from everywhere, top, bottom.”
“The children were crying and the women,” said Habtom Tekle, a 27-year-old Eritrean. “At this point I only tried to pray. Everybody was trying to take the water out of boat.”
U.N. refugee spokesman William Spindler told reporters at a news conference in Geneva that this year is already proving to be “particularly deadly” on the Mediterranean, with some 2,510 lives lost compared with 1,855 in the same time span a year ago.
The International Organization for Migration, citing what could be a record weekly death toll on the Mediterranean by its count, said Tuesday that 62 people were confirmed dead and another 971 were missing and presumed dead in nine separate deadly emergencies since May 25 on the Libya-to-Italy sea route.
The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday it had tallied at least 880 deaths on the Mediterranean over the last week. Spindler noted such estimates are an inexact science, and said his agency’s figures tend to be “conservative.”
Last week marks only the second time since January 2014 that 1,000 deaths or more on that route have been tallied in a single month — let alone a single week, said IOM spokesman Joel Millman. The only other time was in April last year, with 1,244 dead.